Man ‘chops off both legs by lying under train to claim £2.4m insurance payout’

A has deliberately chopped off his own legs to claim a [£2.4 million] insurance payout, a court has determined.

The defendant named only Sandor Cs., due to strict local privacy laws, lost both of his legs in the shocking incident back in 2014.

Both of his legs were amputated from the knee down and he has been using prosthetic limbs and remained wheelchair-bound ever since.

The 54-year-old resident of the Hungarian village of Nyircsaszari allegedly climbed onto the tracks with the intention of having both of his legs run over so that he could make a large insurance claim, The Pest Central District Court ruled on November 9.

Scrutiny against the defendant was sparked when the authorities were informed of the fact that the defendant had taken out 14 high-risk life insurances policies in the year building up to the incident.

Sandor claimed that he took out the policies after receiving financial advice telling him returns are better on insurance policies than savings accounts.

His wife filed the insurance claims directly after the incident, but they refused to pay up on grounds that they suspected he had inflicted the injury on himself.

Sandor maintains his innocence and claims that he stepped on a shard of glass which resulted in him losing his balance and falling in front of the train that was just departing the station, according to reports.

However, an investigation lasting seven years has concluded that he should receive a two-year suspended prison sentence and an order to cover HUF 2 million (£4,725) in legal costs.

Sandor told Blikk: "I find the ruling very peculiar, naturally it isn't what I expected, I am disappointed.

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"I need to see this through to the end because, as is, this is not right, and the court must feel the same way."

It has not been confirmed whether Sandor will be able to appeal the decision.

Prior to the incident, he worked in the thermal energy sector and installed boilers at home and abroad, but his career ended when he lost his legs. He claims the injury and the legal case have bankrupted him.

Sandor said that he is now studying law and hopes to one day help people who have been abused by big companies.

He still has several insurance claims pending, but in light of the court's decision, they are unlikely to pay up.

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